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The War on Addiction

2000 - 2006 Public Record Review of California Substance Abuse Treatment

2007 - 2012 Addendum to The War on Addiction
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This section of our web site provides articles designed to help you make informed decisions about treatment options.  Additional articles will be added on a continuing basis.  If you need help with a specific problem, please call us at 925-838-4951 and we will endeavor to get you the professional assistance you need.

  • How to Pick a Treatment Facility:  A guide for questions to ask and elements to consider prior to admission in a treatment facility .
  • Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide:  This is a free download from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, published by the National Institutes of Health, 1999.
  • National Registry of Evidence Based Programs:  Information on evidence based programs allows search by individual needs with research results for each program listed.
  • Best Practices Resources for Evidence Based Practices:  Information provided by The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Twelve-Step Self-Help Programs:  Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and it's offshoot Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are the most commonly known processes to address substance abuse.  It outlines twelve consecutive activities, or steps, that alcoholics strive to achieve during the recovery process.  Individuals can become involved with AA before entering professional treatment, as part of it, or as aftercare following professional treatment.  This program works best for adults who are alcohol or drug dependent, but not addicted, who do not experience medically significant withdrawal symptoms.

This section lists scientifically based treatment programs recommended by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET):  This approach employs strategies to evoke rapid and internally motivated change in the client.  MET has been used successfully with alcoholics and marijuana-dependent individuals.
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT): This an outpatient family-based drug abuse treatment program for teenagers who are abusing multiple drugs.  It focuses on the individual adolescent, the parent(s), the parent/child relationship and other relationships i.e. school, peers, juvenile justice system...)
  • Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) :  This program is listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based programs and practices.  It is designed for juvenile offenders aged 13-17 with co-occurring disorders.

This section lists evidence-based treatment interventions acknowledged by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC).

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):  CBT attempts to help cocaine dependent adults recognize, avoid, and cope to reduce their drug use and negative behaviors.
  • Matrix Model:  The Matrix model is still being tested for outcomes, but initial results seem promising.  This program was designed for young adults using cocaine and/or methamphetamine.
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) - shown above
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) - shown above

Other well-known treatment models:

  • Therapeutic Community Model (TC):  This is an intensive, comprehensive adult treatment model sometimes modified to treat adolescents with substance abuse disorders.  TC's are designed for long-term residential stays that strive to teach substance users socially acceptable life skills.
If you have a problem at a licensed facility, you do have recourse.  FILE A COMPLAINT with the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (DADP).  Click this link to go to the DAPD web site and fill out their form.  Then fax or mail back to them as directed.  You may also choose to FILE A POLICE REPORTwith the local police department regarding any criminal behaviors.
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